By Rachel Hoeing
If you are a loyal reader of Triad Moms on Main, you have quickly discovered that we are not at a loss for "mompreneurs" and movers and shakers in our community. We have so many women right here in the Triad who are doing wonderful things for our community, our environment and our world.
To read about the women we have featured previously, click on "Just for Moms" at the top of the website and you will see our "Moms on the Move" category, which features incredible women from all over the Triad. Today we have three more amazing women to introduce to you.
We hope you enjoy reading about Heidi, Jennifer and Kristen.
Heidi TravisHeidi lives in the Ardmore neighborhood with her husband, Rhett and two children, Arwyn-8 and Rowan-3. She teaches the Transitional Toddler class at Salem Montessori School. She has a BA in Art Education and has several years of experience teaching Elementary Art in public schools in Colorado and Maryland.
Since having children, Heidi discovered a passion for Montessori education. In 2006 she was given the opportunity to begin following her dream of using her painting talent to create beautiful environments for others. Heidi has painted in Montessori school classrooms, Pediatric offices, day spa settings and in residential homes. She is able to paint directly on walls or custom-built canvases. She enjoys working closely with people to create visual imagery that will fit personality as well as business or personal needs to create a warm inviting space.
Her style is quite flexible depending on color needs and desired outcome – a passion for the outdoors has inspired a love for painting trees and other themes from nature. Heidi has the ability to create small trompe-l’oeil (fool the eye realism) features. Enjoy browsing some of her mural work at her website www.heidipaints.com and feel free to e-mail any questions to email@example.com.
Jennifer MannerJennifer knows that just by virtue of being a mom, you’re almost certainly always on the move, even when all you’d like to do is hide under the covers and be perfectly still in the hope that no one will find you. But she’s learned that the combination of raising two boys while owning and operating Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro, serving on the Board of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership as head of the Downtown Restaurant Roundtable Committee, attempting to learn to play tennis, training for her first half marathon, and making the time to catch up with with friends and family doesn’t allow for much downtime.
Jennifer was born and raised in Winston-Salem before attending UNC-CH. She received her degree in Business Administration then moved to Atlanta for a few years. She returned to W-S in 1998. After the birth of her first son, Evan in 2000, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom and welcomed her second son, Smith in 2005. As her children got older, Jennifer returned to the workforce as a realtor, which she thoroughly enjoyed. A few years later, she had the opportunity to open Mozelle’s. She has never looked back. Jennifer is as amazed at her love of being a restaurateur and at having an innate knack for the business as her family and friends are. She strives daily to juggle her family, career and personal life. And while some days are more successful than others, she knows that the joy is in the adventure and she looks forward to the ride.
* Jennifer's children surprised her on her birthday and planned an night out on their lawn watching the meteor shower this past December 13. The photo is them looking up at the stars!
Kristen is a typical mom juggling 3 girls (14, 11 and 9), a husband, a business and her sanity. As the Director of Social Media Services at Atlantic Webworks, she works with clients of all sizes and from all industries on social media marketing, strategy and execution. She is currently serving her second term as the President of Professional Women in Winston-Salem; is a founding board member of The Queens Foundation as well as the The Joyful Life. She is also the co-founder of Linking Winston-Salem and started Broads Who Tweet which brings together women in technology for fun and networking. So if you ever run into her at the store and she has a wild-eyed look to her – now you know why.
Much to her kids dismay, she is always ahead of the curve on the latest technology trends. She started Four Hens and A Rooster in 2004 (long before Mom-Blogs and Facebook were even thought of) and just last year, launched Ten to Twenty Parenting - a resource for parents of tweens and teens. She felt there was a large void of websites that truly focused on those who were raising kids in the 10 – 20 year age range and in typical fashion, took it upon herself to do something about it. As Kristen says, “The only information on babies that I want to read about anymore is how to keep them out of my house.” Since she knows that she’s not alone in this boat, she’s working on putting together a parenting conference with Triad Moms on Main and body language expert, Blanca Cobb. Stay tuned for details because you will not want to miss this workshop!
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